Invisalign clear aligners are designed to allow you to keep living your life the way you want, while still providing the orthodontic treatment you need.
While you will likely not have to drastically alter your life to accommodate your orthodontic treatment, there are a few things you'll need to keep in mind. You will have to brush and floss your teeth more often, and keep your aligners safe when they are not in your mouth to keep them clean and fresh. There are a few essential items you'll need to carry with you throughout your treatment.
One of the first things you'll need is a pouch to keep all your Invisalign maintenance items in. It needs to be something durable that you can toss in your desk, locker, backpack or bag. You're also going to want the pouch to be zippered with a lining that's water-resistant (for damp toothbrushes).
Your aligner case.
When your aligners are not in your mouth, they should be clean and stored in your aligner case. Keep the case with you at all times so that you have a safe, clean place to store your aligners while you're eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth.
Those who do not carry their aligner case with them have a higher chance of breaking or damaging their aligners, which will cause delays in treatment while you wait for the tray to be replaced.
Keep your favourite lip balm in your kit. With orthodontic treatment comes dry lips, especially while you’re getting used to wearing your aligners. Be prepared so you don't experience any added discomfort.
Travel toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste.
Each time you take out your aligners to eat, you should brush and floss your teeth afterwards. You really don’t want food particles and debris stuck between your aligners and your teeth for the rest of the day, so be sure you brush and floss thoroughly before putting your aligners back in your mouth.
“Outie” Aligner Removal Tool
Sometimes, your aligners will just be especially tight, particularly when you first switch over to a new set. This handy tool will help you detach your aligner from your teeth in these cases.
Mints or breath spray.
You can’t chew gum with your Invisalign aligners in place, so if you're concerned about having bad breath, mints or breath spray will help you feel more confident.